The idea for USB Typewriter all began in late 2009, when I found a clunky old Royal typewriter on the side of the road. After a little spit polish and elbow grease, I was really amazed by how pristine this machine was underneath its century's worth of rust and dust. And even more amazing: it still worked!
Typewriters are just really beautiful and elegant pieces of technology, and it has always struck me as sad that they are now neglected and almost forgotten, especially considering that most computer stuff today is so disposable and utilitarian. People love typewriters, and lots of people have them on their mantlepiece or in their attic, but there is just no place for them on a modern computer desk. So, with the USB Typewriter project I am trying to help people rescue typewriters from garages and attics and put them to use again.
In my online store, I sell a do-it-yourself kit can add a USB port to any typewriter. The kit can either be purchased pre-assembled and ready to install, or as a fun solder-it-yourself electronics kit. I also sell a range of lovingly restored and USB-enabled typewriters, but they are frequently sold out, so if you don't see one you like, just ask.
USB Typewriter has been in business since June 2010, and since then has helped to rescue almost 1,000 typewriters, while constantly improving the conversion process to make it as easy as possible. The USB Typewriter has been featured by NPR's Morning Edition, The Martha Stewart Show, CNN HLN, WIRED, Gizmodo, and many others. It was named one of the "Top 10 iPad Accessories" by PC Magazine.
I'm a hacker/engineer/designer from Philadelphia, PA. After graduating from Drexel University with a degree in electrical engineering, I helped found Philadelphia's first and only hackerspace, Hive76. That is where I invented the USB Typewriter. I also love old bicycles, electric pianos, oscilloscopes, and board games.
Jack [at] usbtypewriter.com